An Arizona town wants to allow prayers before council meetings. Not all prayers, though — just some: On Monday, the City Council was to consider a resolution to allow all members of religious groups to pray before council meetings. But Councilman Rob Hudelson, a Baptist pastor, asked for a change to the resolution so that only … Continue reading Some Prayers Not Allowed
Republican candidate Ben Carson stirred up some press when he suggested that there should be a religious test for public office — or at least for the highest public office, anyway: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said in an interview televised on NBC’s “Meet the … Continue reading A Religious Test for the Highest Public Office?
Rainbow Doritos oppress Christianity (more specifically, the far right flavours thereof). At least, that’s the pronouncement of Pastor Carl Gallups, who has also written a book about how corporations persecute the church by supporting LGBT causes: “One of the ways they do this, Gallups notes, is through partnerships and funding agreements with far left activists. … Continue reading When Nachos Attack!
Today in religious freedom, NC mayoral candidate Eugene Holmes is running on the eradicate LGBT people platform. Because, you know, his conscience tells him to: “In my administration I would do just like Mrs. Davis did in Kentucky,” Holmes said. “If you elect me, I’ll uphold the law of the state of North Carolina. I … Continue reading “… What’s wrong with eradicating homosexuals…?”
If you read far right media (which I do, just as much as left-wing media), you’ve probably been hearing some very dire predictions of religious persecution in the U.S. It has only intensified with the arrest of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. It would seem that the sky is falling. Don’t believe me? Here is a … Continue reading Gimme That End Times Religion: Inventing the Great Tribulation
So inevitably, a blog that’s all about religious freedom would need to comment on the ongoing troubles of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, and her stand against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. I didn’t want to rush on that right away, because I wanted to do so thoughtfully, and dig underneath the impulsiveness and spin … Continue reading Conscience, Human Rights, and a Kentucky Clerk
In far more sombre news, white supremacist F. Glenn Miller is on trial for murdering three people in a shooting spree in which “His sole mission was to find and kill as many Jewish people as possible,” in the words of Assistant District Attorney Chris McMullin. Miller’s defense strategy appears to be to not deny … Continue reading The Morality Defense
Brian Grasso, a freshman at Duke University, is taking a public stand against reading “Fun Home,” by Alison Bechdel, as part of his course studies. The depictions of lesbian sexuality conflict with his moral conscience: After researching the book’s content and reading a portion of it, I chose to opt out of the assignment. My choice had nothing to … Continue reading The Right Not to Learn
Have you heard? Americans feel that religious freedom is more important than LGBT human rights, by a 4 to 1 margin. That’s according to a poll by FOX News contributor Patrick Caddell. Of course, there are some problems with the poll, such as the fact that it’s an online survey and not clear as to … Continue reading Survey Says…
Taking a step back for a moment, it’s worth having a brief lesson in spin, here. Opposition to LGBT people and their human rights is being soft-sold among far right groups and to the public at large as opposition to same-sex marriage. The idea plays on the familiar adage of “hate the sin, love the … Continue reading Doublespeak Decoder: “Gay marriage rights” / “those who believe in biblical marriage”